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  • A record-setting Saturday helped push BART ridership for a busy Bay Area weekend to nearly 1 million, officials said Monday...."This is huge for us," said BART spokesman Jim Allison. "More than any transit agency in the Bay Area...we rely on our ticket-paying passengers to pay for our operating costs."

    Oakland Tribune
  • General Motors is moving past layoffs and the Motor City's rusty, low-tech image. It's setting out on its own to develop software and invent the most advanced gizmos for your car. The nation's biggest automaker plans to hire up to 10,000 computer professionals in the next three-to-five years as it tries to lead the auto industry with cutting-edge technology.

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    Sam Gottstein has had some memorable flights, but nothing like the nail-biter coming into Alaska’s capital city earlier this year....The airport, which is set among mountains with a channel and glacier nearby, is known for its wind shears and white-knuckle landings. It is the only U.S. airport to have the federally sanctioned turbulence-detection technology, known as the Juneau Airport Wind System, or JAWS.

  •  A movable barrier could be installed by the end of 2013. Toll takers will be gone by March.

    Contra Costa Times
  • With a growing population of baby boomers, officials are bracing for a surge in senior drivers. Statistics tell us that accidents increase after the age of 65, and fatal accidents are more likely after the age of 75.

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    State air pollution regulators said Monday that California's air quality is not expected to worsen appreciably after the governor ordered the release of a dirtier blend of gasoline to help slash record-high pump prices....AAA said the average price for a gallon of regular hit $4.668 Monday in California — the highest price in the nation and an all-time high for the Golden State. Analysts said the spike has been driven by refinery disruptions and corrosion issues in an important pipeline.

    SF Chronicle
  • Federal officials have begun drafting safety standards for the nation’s subway and light-rail systems, three years after the deadly Red Line crash exposed vast gaps in oversight of trains that transport millions of people a day. The Transportation Department has long regulated safety for airlines and Amtrak, but it had no authority to impose safety standards for subway and light-rail systems. The result, federal officials said, was a patchwork of rules and regulations covering systems from San Francisco to Washington.

    Washington Post
  • Donald Shoup explains his disappointment with the American Planning Association's opposition to California legislation (AB 904), that would cap minimum parking requirements.

  • Federal money for California's high-speed rail program could be jeopardized if the start of construction is significantly delayed in the San Joaquin Valley. And there are signs that might happen. Court records suggest the California High-Speed Rail Authority's schedule continues to slip for building the project's first stages in Madera and Fresno counties.

    Fresno Bee
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    Soon it will sprout from an industrial patch between Anaheim's sports stadiums, a massive 67,000-square-foot structure with white steel ribbons arching high into the sky and a state-of-the-art transparent material that will let the Southern California sun gleam into what has been billed as the upcoming transportation hub of Orange County. The Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center — known simply as ARTIC among transportation planners — will look like an iceberg beside the 57 Freeway by the time it's estimated to be finished in 2014.

    LA Times